“The View” host Sunny Hostin claimed that Fox News “played a key role” in spreading misinformation about coronavirus vaccines.
Hostin said Monday that a number of Fox News segments questioning the vaccine contributed to the spread of anti-vaccine propaganda. (RELATED: ‘Are They Killing People Too?’: Dana Bash Asks The Surgeon General If Fox News Is Killing Viewers With Misinformation)
Whoopi Goldberg asked Hostin who she blamed for the spread of misinformation.
“Well, I don’t know if the question is who do I blame,” Hostin responded. “I think you just have to look at the facts. I mean the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Thursday labeled health misinformation an urgent public health threat. And when you look at the stats, Fox News has played a key role in disseminating anti-vaccine propaganda. Fox has undermined vaccination efforts in nearly 60% of all vaccination segments in a two-week period. That is where this misinformation is coming from.”
She claimed that in just two weeks that Fox News aired over 100 segments regarding the coronavirus vaccine and more than half of them either “undermined or downplayed immunization efforts.”
She also agreed with cohost Joy Behar, who blamed Republicans for helping in spreading misinformation.
“I think the goal here, to Joy’s point, why are Republicans doing this? Why is Fox News doing this?” she asked. “Well, I think that they believe hurting the Biden administration’s vaccination efforts will lead to big wins for the Republicans in the midterms, and so this is really just all about politics, and I think it’s despicable, and I think they’re harming their base.”
Hostin said that she believed most of the Fox News hosts were vaccinated but were still “pushing this propaganda” to hurt President Joe Biden.
“That is really, really ghoulish, and pretty harmful,” she said.